Discovered in 4077 by a colony/exploration expedition launched by the Cassiopeia Consortium to explore the stars above the major arms of the galaxy, Heritage (RS 8409-3586-5-924-20 in 9.7.3.) was the first world that was spotted by the on-board sensors on the ships.Being the first habitable world available, the majority of the colonists settled on the planet. A few, led by Angel White, decided to take one or two ships and try and find a better world.
The colonists first few years were rough. The ground was hard, there were frequent dust storms and the plants did terribly in the greenhouses. Many people died that first year but after a few more years the colonists persevered, especially after discovering that the unicellular marine life in the small seas was edible. They decided to call the world Heritage after the first child born on that world as well as the name of the mission itself, the Heritage Mission.
Over the next few decades more colonists came and settled on the shores of the large freshwater oceans and also along aquifers. Cities began to take root in the barren dust of the planet. Large vertical farms were built to support the citizens.
Centuries passed. More colonists arrived, seemingly in droves. The population exploded even with the nearby world of Angel's Landing being much more suited to colonization. The inhabitants of Heritage began to build large cities with skyscrapers that reached into the sky. The cities spread across the landscape quickly, soon covering large swathes of land. By the year 6121 the global population was around 250 billion, most living in nice apartments in the silver towers.
Soon the major cities of the planet had all but merged. By 8063 the global population reached over 500 billion. As of 10000 the global population remains steady at around 750 billion.
Early on, reproduction was essential to the world’s survival, so they abolished the rule of marriage and let people sleep around, reproducing at a fast rate. As more colonists settled, this practice was picked up by the new arrivals.
As a result of this practice, many children were born and were taken care of by the community in places like a crèche. The legal age on the planet was dropped to 15 or 16 depending on the province in those early years so that more children could be born.
Even after the population grew to a sustainable level the custom of sleeping around stuck and has never left. The world was one of the more free worlds of the Confederacy, where anyone could indulge in sex, drugs, or any other form of pleasure. They have lax laws and let any visitor indulge in whatever they wish. The planet does have family friendly areas with spas, pools, fairs etc.
The fifth planet in its system, the planet is similar to Earth in terms of size, having a diameter of 12625.6 km. It has a gravitational pull of 1.1 G. It orbits its parent star at 0.7 AU. When first discovered the planet had a rotational period of 14 hours and 51 minutes but after slingshotting a few asteroids around the planet it became a much more earthlike day at around 23 hours and 14 minutes. It has a year length of 252.5 days.Along with the system, the planet is relatively young, only 1.8 billion years of age and has only developed early microbial sea life. The planet has seven captured asteroids orbiting it.
With an axial tilt of only 21° and 39’ the weather on Heritage, a temperate E-Class world, is a bit milder than that of Earth. The planet’s mean average was and still is about -6 °C. The only life to speak of is the protoplankton developing in the oceans which provided the current oxygen in the atmosphere and still is along with the imported terrestrial plants.
The northern portions of the planet get snowstorms in the winter months and nice warm weather in the summer, same for the southern part of the planet during summer months.
Not much can be said about the native life on Heritage. As it is a young world the organisms in the ocean have not had a chance to become multicellular and are restricted to the small seas. As the entire world is now a city, some of the organisms have been transplanted to another world similar to their own where they can evolve.